- How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
Before the role-play, our group first has a brainstorming, thinking about what kind of issues we have and might encounter when we are in the doctor’s waiting room or sleeping in an airplane. However, when we are acting, there are other issues coming up which actually expand our understanding. By scenario acting, we realize thinking in a vacuum does not help us to experience what user feel. Only by putting ourselves in one’s shoes enable us to generate empathy with users. So that in the following part-design a solution, we could know better what client’s needs.
- Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through bodystorming? In what way?
Yes. When we did bodystorming, we experienced user’s feeling in their context and that helped us to rethink the effective and achievable of the solutions. For example, we first designed an eye-mask writing ‘do not disturb me’ so as to avoid any disturbance. But when we did the bodystorming, one of our group mate raised a question ‘what if I want to have my meal but the stewardess see my eye-mask and just leave me sleeping.’ So we refined our design. We write ‘wake me up for food’ in eye-mask’s back side. So clients could choose which side to show according to their requirements.
- What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
Not everyone was born as an actor. It was quite embarrassing at first; especially I am acting a patient who actually is a quite important role. I did not know what to say. I wan awkward. But when my group mates started getting into character, everything became better. Moreover, acting without practice and script requires a good team corporation. Otherwise, it would result in an embarrassing situation.
- Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
It could be applied when designing some physical equipment like sofa, fitness equipment and etc. It helps designer figure what can be improved and what could be get rid of.